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I am Chief Cryptographer at Ripple Labs and one of the architects of the Ripple payment system.


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comment How do I politely say I have used my mouth while drinking water from a bottle?
@sgroves You're imagining an unnatural form of emphasis that is weird. If you say it to yourself normally, you'll catch that there's a natural form of emphasis you put on "from", that almost makes the "o" go away.
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answered How do I politely say I have used my mouth while drinking water from a bottle?
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awarded  Yearling
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answered is “How is conditions being unfair not an issue?” grammatically correct?
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answered What part-of-speech would a vehicle's year/make/model be?
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comment Why do we say “in” a movie but “on” a TV show?
Movies are containers and TV shows are surfaces, just like days of the week are surfaces (on Tuesday) and months are containers (in January), and so on.
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accepted Name for title used before a name for phonetic or rhythmic reasons
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accepted Romney, “regards to”, and disfluency
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comment Is it possible to learn English by just listening and speaking (without knowing formal grammar rules)
I would say that the vast majority of English speakers know that you can say "He smokes, but I don't" but not "He's not as happy as I'm" though very few have ever learned or even know the rule for when a contraction is permitted at the end of a sentence and when it isn't. (I can end a sentence with "when it isn't", but I can't end one with "when it's". By the way, the rule is that you can't contract a stranded clitic.)
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comment Why the indefinite article in “my son has a swollen left eye”?
And, of course, "My son has the flu" suggests he has the same flu others have.
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comment Are these questions grammatically correct?
@user82115 Sure. Imagine if I said, "Can you guess what my favorite means of transportation is?", you could respond with either of those. ("It is car?" is awkward, but not incorrect. "It's car?" would be a typical response in idiomatic spoken English.)
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answered Are these questions grammatically correct?
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comment Word or phrase for a person who sets their watch forward to prevent being late?
@Mari-LouA It's the clocks on the walls that cause this to fail. And if she knows her watch is 15 minutes fast and knows she has to adjust for this to be on time rather than late or early, then what's the point?
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comment Word or phrase for a person who sets their watch forward to prevent being late?
@Mari-LouA It's extremely foolish and imprudent. Say it's 10:00, but your clock reads 10:15. Your boss calls you up and tells you "there's an important meeting in 30 minutes". You look at the clock and deduce that you should be there at 10:45. But your boss is expecting you to be there at 10:30. Oops.
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comment Difference between “all the” and simply “all”
If it helps, mentally replace "all" with "every single one of".
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comment Is “wanna” more common with non-native speakers?
Standard English has a large number of spoken-only contractions. The most notorious is probably the one that replaces "I am going to" in "I am going to go to the store".